21 GRAMS (2003)
Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu made an excellent film about destiny called Amores Perros, which interlinked three stories around an accident. He repeats that trick with his English language debut, 21 Grams, a film skewered in its narrative, but one that pushes its cast towards some of their most brilliant work. When a film is as narratively and morally daring as 21 Grams, it justifies a viewing.
When a film contains performances as extraordinary as those contained…
21 GRAMS (2003)
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SUMMER 2019 WATCHLIST
DIARY OF A COUNTRY PRIEST (1951)
The "coming of age" story is a definitive genre. Usually, it is the story that we are handed in high school and which somehow we identify with because the main character is going through the same issues and has the same concerns we had at the time, though perhaps in a more romantic, more elevated way. I'm thinking here of works of Louis malle, lady bird,…
POINT BLANK (1967)
You’ve been ripped of and you want a payback. There are plenty of movies that satisfy this craving but there aren’t many characters that embody vengeance as forcefully, blindly, purely and as nastily as Lee marvin’s Walker in John boorman’s point blank. A story about an ordinary guy in extraordinarily circumstances.
Walker’s angry because the guy he thought was his best friend Mal reese played by John Vernen took Walker’s money ( 93K 💵), his wife and…
LA HAINE (1995)
Inspired by cinematic classics including Mean Streets, Do the Right Thing, with references to Scorsese’s Taxi Driver, Mathieu Kassovitz's La Haine is arguably the most incendiary, provocative and clairvoyant film to emerge from the '90s. La haine emerges from its film stock to look in the future and see’s whats happening just to get shot in head cold blooded (metaphorically and literally), speechless it ends with one of the better gut-punchs alongside Do the right thing. Starkly…
“Water is the source of life and, of course, the place in which people die, because basically taking away water from the Northwest Valley actually did cause the death of an entire ecosystem … Water kills and water gives life, and somebody’s going to exploit it, and that exploitation is going to pledge the future, and pledge the future it did. Going back in time.”
— Someone, somewhere, sometime....
Arguably the greatest film noir, and…
AVENGERS : ENDGAME (2019)
The Avengers are preprogrammed for doing the greater good, doesn’t matter if their personal struggles intervene, they’ll somehow get over that huddle and this issue has always been an important part of all the MCU films, Avengers : Endgame is no different. This universe has been a part of our lives since 2012 when The Avengers came out or even from 2008 when the first Iron man came out. Its also been an important part of…
If you take one event of lebanese civil war and show it to seven lebanese people you’ll get seven totally different kind of reactions, its not possible for me as someone who is distant from the happenings to talk about it objectively, so for it to work it had to be in total fiction, which it is. Incendies is about a family, about a process, about solving an equation, its not about history, sure the root of story…
PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK (1975)
The best way i can describe Picnic at Hanging Rock is that : “ Its like a puzzle, which while you’re solving you’d find the last piece to be missing, you then look for it for some time and when you can’t find it so you just throw away the puzzle and forget about it, this movie is just like that puzzle, the world feels hollow after the girls are gone, something’s dangerously missing and…
THE PLAYER (1992)
I’ve always had a sweet spot for meta films, show me anything close to meta and i’l suck it like tormund sucks the giant’s wife’s milk (its not that bad of joke is it). From Jodorowsky’s : The Holy Mountain to Spike Jonze’s : Adaptation to Iñárritu’s : Birdman and a lot more, these are some of my favourite meta films and my favourite films in general. Altman has been one of those auteur for…
MARKETA LAZAROVÁ (1967)
Marketa Lazarová is unbelievably beautiful to look at and the main ominous philosophical implication of the film that nothing in the world has a real existence and that unhappiness will continue to persist in olden and recent times, is complimented well with its very detailed depiction of feudal dynamics in the middle ages in Czechoslovakia. In very few minutes Marketa Lazarova eatablishes kozlik as someone who runs his clan by force and fear, he represents the wild,…
Close-Up is the examination of an incredibly weird and true story, and Kiarostami's filming choices only enhance its absurdities - along with an oddly heartfelt look into how films as an art form affect our lives. Blurring the line between fiction and reality, Close Up is a sophisticated piece of meta-fiction examining the ways in which people make art, why they choose to do so, and the nature of performance. In focusing on…
BREAKING THE WAVES (1996)
Its not the dead that matter its the living, its you the viewers who Lars Von Trier cares about for the first time and the last, who are his art appreciators, its like giving a shoulder for the audience to rest on, like there is someone watching all of this, Bess’s belief was not false in at least some context, of which only you the viewer, the living, are aware, you matter not the dead, so thanks for sitting through this journey.